The Government introduced new requirements in the Children and Social Work Act 2017, under the corporate parenting responsibilities of local authorities. One of the main ways local government will realise this will be through their Local Offer for care leavers – young people who have been looked after by a local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14.
Local authorities must publish a Local Offer for care leavers aged 16-25 within their area. This should include services that the council offers for young people who are about to leave or have left care, and information that may assist them in preparing for adulthood and independent living.
Open Objects’ Local Offer for Care Leavers adds a specific channel to existing council directory websites. It signposts care leavers to information about the services and support available to them in their community. The website explains the care leaver’s entitlements and helps them get the most out of the support on offer. Many of the services available to care leavers will already exist in the council’s directory, so can seamlessly populate a specific Local Offer for Care Leavers channel website.
This channel offers:
Each local authority will prioritise different types of non-statutory support and each Local Offer for Care Leavers will be unique and tailored towards their community.
We have also collaborated with over 70 councils to deliver their SEND Local Offer websites.